Saturday, September 14, 2019

JOSHUA OSIH: "INCLUSIVE NATIONAL DIALOGUE MUST BE PRESIDED BY NEUTRAL PERSONALITY."


The SDF delegation, led by the first National Vice President Hon. Joshua N. Osih met with the prime minister, head of the government, as a prelude to the dialogue announced by the President of the Republic. This meeting allowed us to expose to the Prime Minister for transmission to the Head of State, preliminary conditions for our participation in this long-awaited inclusive national dialogue.

We have placed particular emphasis on the fact that this announced dialogue must deeply satisfy the aspirations of the English-speaking population and the minimum required for this announced national dialogue has clearly been broken down as follows:

The inclusive national dialogue must be chaired by a neutral personality. This dialogue must clarify the deep roots of the Anglophone crisis. The form of the state must be included in the agenda from the beginning of the dialogue for debate in plenary. the adoption of a new Constitution for Cameroon, and this point must be on the agenda of this national dialogue. Because this national dialogue is essentially the result of the Anglophone crisis, Anglophones must occupy a central place in For this purpose, discussions and a pre-conference between Anglophones should be organized to avoid the scenarios of the 1972 referendum and the tripartite meeting of 1991. The defense and security forces can not be part of the inclusive national dialogue which is essentially political.

We have unequivocally noted that the inclusive inclusive national dialogue can not succeed effectively without a calm environment, namely:

The declaration of a cease-fireThe guarantee of a general amnesty for all those involved at any level in the Anglophone crisis so that they participate without fear in this inclusive national dialogue.

We have welcomed and appreciated the fact that the Prime Minister has told us that the United Nations and the African Union and the Commonwealth have expressed their willingness to participate in this inclusive national debate and we hope that countries such as the USA, Great Britain and Germany are also participating, as the third bloc of friendly countries, in this inclusive national debate.

Finally, we mentioned that the driver of this inclusive national debate should be clear beforehand on specific points, in particular:

The timing and the different sequences that must be consensual.A clear and clear definition of the content of this national dialogue, including the structures and mechanisms put in place. The assurance that the major players will participate end-to-end in the different processes to namely, the preparatory phase, the decision-making process as well as the implementation of the conclusions reached by mutual agreement at the end of this dialogue. For an effective and efficient and lasting return of peace in these two regions.

The SDF is aware that inclusive national dialogue is in essence a process and we are waiting for the signal from the initiator to indicate to the different protagonists the way forward.


Hon. Joshua N. Osih